A new study in Circulation provides even more proof that maintaining or boosting your physical activity as you age is important for a healthy heart.

After monitoring the heart rates of 985 adults over a five-year period, researchers found that those who walked more and faster, and generally enjoyed more physical activity during their leisure time, had fewer irregular heart rhythms and greater heart rate variability than those who were less active.

Indeed those who did the most exercise had an 11 per cent lower risk of heart attack or sudden cardiac death than those who did the least.

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